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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Witch's Cottage on: July 26, 2015 01:46:49 PM
At long last, I've completed my wee Witch's Cottage and can now share it. The project began with Alpha Stamps Magic Potions kit which is a mini 2.5" x 2" tin, lots of tiny bottles, resin skulls, some DIY bottles and stoppers, collage sheets, an eye charm, and a crystal ball! I turned the kit into a potions shelf for a witch:

but it's so small there was no place to hang it. So I built a cottage to go around it.

There are more pictures and a little tour on my blog, as well as how I made nearly everything. (Or got it from Alpha Stamps.) So much fun!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Circus is in Town! on: June 30, 2015 06:57:39 PM
How many circus themed images can one fit into a 2" x 4" space?

A whole bunch, if you make 'em small enough! This project began as a chipboard steamer trunk, the same one that rackycoo used for her adorable Tiny Traveler. (How the heck did she get all of that in there?) I'll never know because I kind of cheated and added a tent top to the trunk, which made a perfect spot for some aerialists.

Looks as if Alphonse is paying close attention...to something.

Here's the entire crew and a photo to show the clown that pops out when you open the tent.

The little elephant has a movable head, just because.

And here is the tent all closed up for the evening.

Hope you enjoyed the show!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sideshow Tower on: June 25, 2015 03:04:48 PM
I was pretty bummed when I missed the Circus and Sideshow Swap so I made myself a little tower of oddities. It is three 1.5" wooden blocks on a base, and they swivel on a dowel. This collage sheet plus this one made it incredibly easy to get all twelve images needed for the blocks. (psst, Alpha Stamps has a tattooed lady collage sheet, too!)

There's a quickie tutorial on my blog if you want to make your own. Use pictures of your kids instead, or maybe the fur babies of that cat lover friend of yours!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dr. Kilkealy's Bouvet Island Mermaid on: May 31, 2015 05:47:46 PM
It is all about the mermaids over at Alpha Stamps! I made this little project with a bunch of their goodies and posted a pretty spectacular story ( Roll Eyes) to go along with it. It was my first time playing around with Lindys Stamp Gang sprays, so naturally I sprayed the bejesus out of whatever I could get my mitts on.

A list of my supplies can be found HERE and there is a tutorial and more pictures on my blog if you want to make a cute little ornament for your mermaid themed bathroom.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Happy as a Bear on Wheels on: May 31, 2015 04:55:23 PM
For kittykill's Hoopla-Along!

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Curiouser and Curiouser" Hoopla on: May 20, 2015 08:55:10 PM
It is very curious that until this hoopla, I had never, ever made an Alice anything. How queer! One of my favorite books as a kid was published by Dandelion Library with Peter Pan on one side and Alice in Wonderland on the reverse. I finally had the pleasure of creating something from that wonderful childhood memory for the lovely lindyv321, who also loves Alice. There is a simple crochet border around the hoop and a bit of red ribbon woven through the crochet.

7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Falafel without the Frying Part on: May 17, 2015 02:30:42 PM
No fry falafel. It's quick, easy, and perfect for when it is too hot to cook. So maybe it isn't really falafel, but a sandwich filling or salad. Whatever you want to call it, it is really tasty. Found the recipe years ago and make it all summer (because who really gets tired of chickpeas?)

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
minced garlic, as much as you like
2-3 Tbsp mayo, salad dressing, vegenaise, whatever
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp dill
salt and pepper

Dump your chickpeas into a bowl and smoosh slightly with a fork. Or a pastry blender.
Add all other ingredients and mix well.
Done. After all of that hard work, you should go make yourself a nice drink.

Stuff it in pita with some greens, carrots, tomatoes for a sandwich or eat it with pita chips. Mine always has tzatziki and here is a simple recipe for that:

1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
chopped cucumber, as much as you like
salt and pepper

8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES / It's Just a Party, Janet on: May 09, 2015 10:02:09 PM
One of my dearest friends asked me for a Rocky Horror cake for her daughter's birthday, and here's what I came up with. (Birthday girl's name is Raven, in case it's confusing!)

I never got a great picture with the candles because the party was in full swing when we arrived and I was immediately thrust into a corset and handed some toilet paper...

Here's the only other surviving photo:

That's a rather tender subject. Another slice, anyone?
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATC Miscellany on: April 24, 2015 07:54:18 PM
Joining the Ongoing ATC Swap opened my eyes to a whole new world of tiny art. Craftsterers have made ATCs from shrinky dink plastic, polymer clay, fabric, you name it...it's there! I had no idea.

Here are two of my recent ATCs, the first directly from my love for Elsa Beskow and her children of the forest. Watercolour and coloured pencil.

And the second inspired by Aerosol's urban graffiti. Acrylic and Sharpie.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hexie Travel Kit on: March 28, 2015 05:04:45 PM
For the Be AWESOME (redux) Swap, which is totally awesome BTW, I whipped up a little travel sewing kit for the super mega awesome noodle-bug. She had this pattern on her Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a go.

The inside:

And then the tins inside the pockets; one to hold all the sewing stuff and one to hold completed hexies. After making the hexies for the front of the kit I sorta kinda went a little bonkers making them and sent those along too. AugustBell's needle minder tutorial inspired me to make a strawberry to stick to the lid. Mind them needles!

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